Winterkill by C.J. Box

Book 3 in the Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett series.

Great start to the story:

It’s hours away from darkness with a bitter winter storm raging when Joe Pickett finds himself deep in the forest edging Battle Mountain, shotgun in his left hand, his truck’s steering wheel handcuffed to his right—and Lamar Gardiner’s arrow-riddled corpse splayed against the tree in front of him.

Lamar’s murder and the sudden onslaught of the snowstorm warns: Get off the mountain. …

This book introduces the most interesting character in the series ➙ Nate Romanowski.

Romanowski is an ex-Special Black Ops soldier for the U.S. military. An the “outlaw falconer” who loves his birds more than anything else.

I learn something about the rural American western culture each book. In this one a group called the “Sovereigns” is camped on Joe’s turf. Government dissenters from Waco, Ruby Ridge and the Montana Freemen standoff.

It’s intense.

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